Reviewed by- linda (2010/11/02, 07:04 PM)
I picked up Room by Emma Donoghue because there is a lot of buzz about it lately and the book has recently been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. Although it’s easy to read, the premise is intense and was inspired by the Josef Fritz case where a man locked his daughter in a basement for 24 years. Room is about a young woman, kidnapped and held captive for 7 years in a modified tool shed where she gives birth to a boy she names Jack. It is though his perspective that the book is told. As the book opens, he is five years old and has spent his entire life inside this room. His voice is unique and one you will also find either endearing and poignant or irritating. Personally, it took me a chapter or two before I absorbed the full impact and cleverness of this approach, it softens the blow of a very disturbing topic and provides a fresh unbiased view on reality and life as we know it. The book’s primary focus is Jack’s limited understanding of the world outside the room. Without giving away any of the book, let me say it an intimate portrait of a mother’s love for her son and the challenges of adapting to one’s environment. The book is original, thought provoking and evokes a bevy of emotions.Back.

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